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Macromolecular Engineering by Atom Transfer Radical Polimerization


Macromolecular Engineering (ME) is a process comprising rational design of (co)polymers with specific architecture and functionality, followed by precise and efficient polymer synthesis and processing to prepare advanced materials with target properties. Many advanced nanostructured functional materials were recently designed and prepared by reversible deactivation radical polymerization. Copper-based ATRP (atom transfer radical polymerization) catalytic systems with polydentate nitrogen ligands are among most efficient reversible deactivation radical polymerization systems. Recently, by applying new initiating/catalytic systems, Cu level in ATRP was reduced to a few ppm. ATRP of acrylates, methacrylates, styrenes, acrylamides, acrylonitrile and other vinyl monomers was controlled by various external stimuli, including electrical current, light, mechanical forces and ultrasound, also in the presence of air. Various copolymers, molecular brushes, hybrid materials and bioconjugates were prepared with high precision. Special emphasis will be on nanostructured multifunctional hybrid materials for application related to biology, environment, and energy.

Prof. Dr Krzysztof Matyjaszewski

Prof. Dr Krzysztof Matyjaszewski 

Krzysztof (Kris) Matyjaszewski is J.C. Warner University Professor of Natural Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. In 1994 he discovered Cu-mediated atom transfer radical polymerization, commercialized in 2004 in US, Japan and Europe to prepare various advanced materials.

His research is focused on synthesis of well-defined macromolecules and hybrid materials via living and controlled polymerizations using radical, and ionic mechanisms to prepare advanced materials for optoelectronic, biomedical, environmental and energy-related applications. He has co-authored 1,200 publications, co-edited >20 books, and holds 65 US patents. He is a member of National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Inventors as well as European, Australian, Polish and Russian Academies of Sciences.

He received 2021 Grand Prix de la Fondation de la Maison de la Chimie, 2017 Franklin Medal in Chemistry, 2015 Dreyfus Prize in Chemical Sciences, 2011 Wolf Prize in Chemistry, 2009 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, ACS Awards in: Chemistry of Materials (2019), Applied Polymer Science (2011) and Polymer Chemistry (2002) as well as eleven honorary degrees.




Prof. Dr. Alexander Steinbüchel

Prof. Dr Krzysztof Matyjaszewski

Prof. Dr. Dirk Prüfer

Prof. dr. Vassily Hatzimanikatis

Prof. Dr Arjan Kleij


The Project is carried out within the International Research Agendas PLUS programme of the Foundation for Polish Science, co-financed by The European Union under the European Regional Development Found,with the budget of: PLN 31 000 000.



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